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June 29, 2002

Native Plant Rescue

Ever wonder what you can do to help preserve
plants before they are covered over by all the concrete and asphalt in
Georgia? Theresa Schrum, deputy director of the Georgia Native Plant
Society, tells Walter how her organization can help organize plant
rescues before bulldozers reach a building site. She even gives an
example how the Georgia Native Plant Society worked with a developer to
get permission to save woodland plants.

Growing Pumpkins

Vines today, pumpkins tomorrow, orange
decorations by the end of October. All this depends on gardeners
remembering to plant pumpkin seed in June. Walter gets some assistance
in showing different varieties of pumpkin that grow well in Georgia and
offers tips on how best to grow them.

Poison Ivy & Virginia Creeper

"Leaves of three, leave it be"... or
should we avoid "leaves of five" instead? Walter shows how to identify
each of these common vines by counting the number of leaflets present
on each leaf. But, take care, don't touch unless you're sure!

Take a Liking to Lichens

Lichens are a symbiotic relationship between
algae and fungi. Both organisms benefit from the relationship. Walter
explains that lichens do not cause the death of a plant upon which they
are growing. They are simply living on the bark. Lichens come in
several forms, including foliose, fruticose, crustose and gelatinous.